SquareMeal Review of
The Merchant Canary Wharf
It was formerly The Tea Merchant, although hot beverages now play second fiddle to an extended range of craft beers at this rebooted Canary Wharf spot. Expect loud colours and jangly, jazzy, punky post-industrial decor – plus a mezzanine fashioned from a shipping container, retro artworks, a games room and a wide all-weather terrace overlooking North Dock. To drink, quaff Fuller’s finest (they own the place) alongside Pogo (from the Wild Beer Co), Mondo’s Dennis Hopper IPA and Hammerton’s Pentonville from a line-up of craft ales. Cocktails include The Ron Weasley (Absolut Citron, blood orange, rosemary essence and lemon) and Pornstar Martini’s wingman, The Hugh Hefner (RIP). No-nonsense wines at easy prices also go well with sharing plates and bigger dishes ranging from harissa prawn brochettes, Vietnamese-style chicken wings, meatballs in tomato hot sauce and truffled mac 'n' cheese croquettes to cod and chips and Chalcroft Farm burgers. For afters, try Bakewell tart, a chocolate brownie or peanut butter sundae.